QPR Under-23s boss Paul Hall believes seeing young players graduate from the academy to the first team has inspired his squad.
Hall is gearing up for the new campaign and doing so knowing that he’s overseen a good number of players making the transition from the youth team to first team in recent seasons.
The likes of Ryan Manning, Ebere Eze, Paul Smyth and Ilias Chair have all managed to break into the first team squad having excelled for the Under-23s, and Hall believes their success is inspiring a new generation of talent.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of the Under-23’s pre-season trip to Hungary on Thursday afternoon, Hall expressed his belief that players are now seeing the QPR academy as a realistic route to the first team.
“If you look at anyone who wears the blue and white hoops, they’ve all got their eyes on the boys that have made it and they all see a little pathway”, explained Hall.
“A lot of people are looking around and saying we've got a good programme at QPR and you can actually be a professional footballer here. So we are attracting better trialists and better players are coming in.
“The pressure is on us, not to win games, we all want to win but a win for us is getting somebody into the first team squad and eventually into the first team.”
Hall is looking forward to taking his side to Budapest this week and getting to know some of his new players.
“It’s a little bit of warm weather training, we get ourselves away and experience a different outlook on things,” he said.
“It’s a chance to get away and for the group to all get together and get to know each other, and solidify some learning and principles.
“We want the players to understand the way they are developing their level of expertise. This is the sharp end of the pyramid that they are at, so we are now starting to speak about game stakes and what they mean at first-team level.”
And Hall has spoken of his delight at the way Steve McClaren has already introduced himself to the Under-23s and given them, what he calls, ‘quality information’.
“He’s spoken to them and he’s been fantastic. He’s a developer of people and a developer of players and I’ve got to say I’m really impressed with him and hoping to work really closely with him.”
Hall added: “He’s given them little bits of quality information and little bits of details, which they haven’t heard from someone who has been an England manager. It’s nothing we haven’t told them but hearing it from him no doubt reinforces their belief."